Ghana Education News| JHS3 female talented artist’s dream of becoming a professional artist is about to die.
Theresa Fosu is a 15-year-old JHS student who wants to be a professional artist in future. Theresa Fosu is a 15-year-old JHS 3 student at the Prempeh College Basic School. Thess as she’s affectionately called lives at Kwadaso- a suburb in Kumasi.
She is always seen singing, and one faithful day, she asked God what her exact talent was and that, God should let her know.
Thess prayed and fasted and got an answer in a dream; and she drew a photo of a relative, a day after. She realized she was exceptionally good at drawings with no help or an apprentice from an artist.
Theresa Fosu is not only good at drawings, but She is also equally good in beads making, braiding of hairs, makeups, sewing of dresses via thread and needle without learning from anyone.
Mum, Don’t Kill Her Dream, It must Not Die
She has drawn several celebrities such as Nana Aba Anamoah, Kidi, Adina, Cina Soul, DJ Slim of Radio One, and others.
She intends to choose a Visual Arts Programme at the Senior High School level, either Wesley Girls’ SHS – Kumasi or Yaa Asantewaa SHS.
The main challenge is with her single mother, a trader with a lower level of education, and does not know more about creativity or visual arts. “She doesn’t like my talent, she tells me, I’m a female and there’s no need to draw, I should do a programme that will let me a get government job, thus been a nurse or teacher,” Theresa Fosu said.
Anytime, her mum sees her drawing, she discourages her to stop and that, she can’t make it in life with drawings. Thess gets opportunities to draw for relatives, friends, and people, but she hides her works from her mum.
Thess dream is to become a professional artist, a graphic designer and have her own company in the future to train and employ people.
Why is it that, most parents compel their children to read a particular programme such as Law, medicine, Accounting or Engineering of which they have no interest in it? A Ghanaian student with a Twitter handle @ElikemV dropped out of medical school- “Special props to my parents for understanding. Paid ridiculous money for private med school, and now that I’ve decided to quit, they want me to study outside. My dad didn’t even allow me to consider Ghanaian unis. My parents are just special, I swear.- he tweeted.
JHS3 female talented artist’s dream of becoming a professional artist is about to die…What can we do to ensure we make dreams like this a reality? Mum, Don’t Kill Her Dream, It must Not Die.
Columnist: Nelson Twum